That’s “a significant improvement over last year, but still less than half of the 125,000 ceiling,” he said, noting his organization had advocated for raising the ceiling to 135,000.
Vignarajah said she sees the new year as an opportunity for the Biden administration, couching it as “a transition from an aspirational target to a realistic expectation.”
For refugee families, she said, the help can’t come soon enough.
“We’ve seen as many regional admissions from Latin America and the Caribbean this year as the previous five fiscal years,” Vignarajah said. “While these figures themselves are compelling, they are even more so when we recognize that each admission represents a family reunited, a chance for kids to be kids again, and a dream of a safer, better life realized.”
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